The first two of seven regional championships leading up to the final 2018 Hardscape North America (HNA) Installer Championship are set to begin March 14. The locations include the National Collegiate Landscape Competition in Graham, N.C., and the Northeast Hardscape Expo in Providence, R.I.

The regional championships were launched in 2016 and have been so successful that they have expanded to include seven locations around the country. Regional winners will have the opportunity to compete for the title of Champion later this year.

Regional competitions include:

National Collegiate Landscape Competition in Graham, N.C. – March 14-17

New England Region, Providence, R.I. – March 14-15

Southwest Region, Chandler, Ariz. – April 28

Northwest Region, Lacey, Wash. – early August

Mid-Atlantic Region, Sparta, N.J. – early August

Central Region, Fort Worth, Texas – August 24

Southeast Region, Buford, Ga. – August 25

The Installer Championship finals will take place at Hardscape North America (HNA), October 17-19 in Louisville, Ky. Hardscape North America will provide six of the winning teams (of two people each and an alternate or coach) from the regional championships roundtrip transportation to Louisville, KY, individual accommodations at a downtown Louisville hotel (Tues-Thurs), complimentary trade show admission to HNA and complimentary registration for the HNA Installer Championship. The co-located GIE+EXPO will provide NCLC’s second place winner with the same travel/entry prize. The total prize package is valued at up to $4,000 per team. The Southwest Region competition is being hosted by the ICPI Southwest Chapter, who will sponsor the winning team’s travel and hotel accommodations at the National event at HNA this October.

The 2017 Hardscape North America Installer Champion, CG Paving, of Fort Worth, Texas, will also receive complimentary travel, hotel accommodations, trade show admission and entrance to the National competition from HNA to return and defend their championship title.

Preliminary rounds will take place Wednesday, October 17 and Thursday, October 18 in the Outdoor Demo Area at Hardscape North America in Louisville, Ky. The final Championship round to determine the 2018 National Champion will take place at 10am on Friday, October 19.

The Hardscape North America Installer Championships are intended to test and recognize the skill, dedication and passion of hardscape contractors from Canada, the United States and Mexico.

Teams may participate in the Hardscape North America Installer Championship in Louisville, Ky., without competing in a regional championship, if space is available. Registration opens in May and the fee is $150 per team before the early bird date of September 6, 2018, or $200 after. After the conclusion of the trade show, each team who competes will be refunded $150 of their registration fee.

At the final Hardscape North America Installer Championship, all teams will have their understanding of industry best practices and guidelines tested in a race against the clock and other top installers in the industry. The teams will compete for the Hardscape North America Installer Champion trophy, $1,000 cash prize, tools and gear from participating sponsors and recognition on the Hardscape North America and ICPI websites and in various industry publications. In 2017 the grand prize package was valued at approximately $10,000.

For further information about registering for a regional championship, please contact Robert Bowers at rbowers@icpi.org or visit www.hardscapena.com/installer-championship.